Best advice to someone laid off by a major bank after 29 years?

posted June 21st, 2016 by Phoebe Wright

This is a fabulous question, and one that so many of us grapple with.

 

Feeling like a zero after a long, successful career is understandable. The corporate world has its own culture, value system, and reward system. While in the corporation your ego is supported.  Once you leave … you lose more than a pay cheque, you can feel like you are banished and isolated. Our questioner knows this, now she is ready to be picked up and that’s where the fun can begin. Bravo that she’s reaching out!

 

 

– Let go.  Let go of the corporate value system, of what others expect of you, of the fear of the unknown. It may help to think of the transition like a trip or a project.  What clothes do you need? What activities do you want to do? What is your budget?

 

-Explore new interests: art, opera, woodworking, jewelry making, the options are endless. …

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Inspired and Inspiring – Billy Crystal pays tribute to his “Big Brother” Muhammad Ali

posted June 17th, 2016 by Janet Graham

I loved Billy Crystal’s tribute to Muhammad Ali at Ali’s recent funeral. I found it incredibly loving and very inspiring…..well worth watching whether you know anything about Ali or the sport of boxing. You will find it by following the link below.

 

http://www.sportsnet.ca/more/billy-crystal-says-goodbye-big-brother-ali/

 

Please let  me know what you think!!

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Hillary Clinton – Two Perspectives

posted June 13th, 2016 by Janet Graham

Finally….two articles appeared in the papers over the last several days which articulate the way my generation sees Hillary Clinton and the way the millennial generation sees her!! I had been deeply curious about the difference in perspectives and although I now feel I understand a little better, I am still troubled by these differences!!

 

From Dominique Browning, in the New York Times  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/09/fashion/hillary-clinton-presidential-election.html?_r=0

 

From Molly Roberts in the National Post, http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/molly-roberts-why-millennials-yawn-as-hillary-clinton-makes-history

 

I would love to hear your thoughts!! Please share them in the comments section or email me!!

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Best advice to someone laid off by a major bank after 29 years?

posted June 10th, 2016 by Patti Croft

My advice would be to take this time to regroup. 29 years is a very long period of time to work with an organization and end up being laid off. If you have the financial wherewithal, I would suggest taking at least six months to consider your next steps, and not making any commitments during this time. This may be your chance to try something completely different, something that has interested you but you never had time to pursue, like volunteering or working for a not for profit whose cause you really believe in. It may be a time to consider going back to school to earn a designation that would help you with a fresh start. Or you may end up wanting to go back into banking but perhaps with a smaller financial institution. After 29 years, you have considerable expertise and experience. You have lots of options open …

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